‘Triply Diasporized’

Literary Pathways of Caribbean Migration and Diaspora

Authored by: Carole Boyce Davies

The Routledge Companion to Anglophone Caribbean Literature

Print publication date:  June  2011
Online publication date:  June  2011

Print ISBN: 9780415485777
eBook ISBN: 9780203830352
Adobe ISBN: 9781136821745

10.4324/9780203830352.ch47_b

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Abstract

I went away Searching for another home I had to change myself, change my identity …

(Andre Tanker, ‘Forward Home’, 1970) The lyrics from this catchy song are about migration and return. Written in 1970, at a high point of outward migration from the Caribbean, it captures the dynamics of migration, but articulates the realization of a definite return. Andre Tanker’s autobiographical experience is one which engages migration but feels troubled about having to change his Caribbean identity and so returns home to start again. Key elements of migration discourse appear here: going abroad and its demands for identity transformation; the dream of return; the idea of home as well as the search for other homes; the socio-economic advancement impetus of migration and the parallel challenge to make home economically feasible.

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